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Nathalie Farman-Farma

Where is home for you?

My home is in Chelsea, London so the central theme is a certain Victorian idea of cosiness. I wanted to respect the house’s history. I am also lucky to have a little garden and a terrace where again I have embraced the English view of keeping things romantic and natural.

What makes it feel home?

My home is a sanctuary of sorts and I am very particular about everything that enters into it. I love being surrounded by beautiful objects, most of them are connected to an imaginary space or have quasi talismanic meaning to me. And of course I need my books.

Favorite city? 

My special place will always be Paris. I think I’ve walked almost everywhere over the years and I see it as full of secrets. The fictional Paris of literature is also present in a way that is I think unique, whether it’s the city of d’Artagnant, Rastignac, Odette, Maigret and so many more.

Favorite hotel?

I love the Palace Hotel in Gstaad. There is something so outlandish about it, a fake castle towering over a pristine Alpine village. It makes me feel like I am in an Agatha Christie mystery.

Favorite museum?

I dream of being able to visit the Russian Ethnographic Museum St Petersburg once a year. It displays the costumes of the peoples of the former Russian Empire which are truly magical and have inspired many visual artists from Kandinsky to Matisse, not to mention all the collaborators of the Ballets Russes. The MET in New York also was a wonderful collection of these Folk costumes. They are unfortunately not on display but can be viewed online.

Favorite book?

It’s very hard for me to say what is my favourite book, but one of my favourite has always been an Anthology Greek and Roman Myths.

Favorite restaurant?

In London it would be Wiltons. It has very good food and it’s perfect for conversation.

If you had the time machine, in which period and place would you like to live?

Fin de siècle Paris with the ability to travel all over Europe by train in my own tufted wagon.

What inspires you?

The inventiveness and craftsmanship found in the traditional costumes of all peoples. It is really one of the wonders of the world.

What is cabana for you?

An ode to expressive personal spaces. Some interiors are like paintings and novels. Cabana somehow finds them. The magazine allows me to travel through the imagination of others.